Underrated: "Beans Never Charged Me For A Verse"
Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 12:20AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Jay Shells gave O.C. the title earlier this week, Young Jeezy protégé Tone Trump crowns Freeway/Beanie Sigel SOHH Underrated.]
If I had to pick somebody for SOHH Underrated, I'm going to have to go with a double pick and that's Freeway and Beanie Sigel. They're legends to me and I think they're legends to a lot of people.
Say what you want, but people are d*ckriders. When they were down with Jay-Z, they were on them but when they're not with that affiliation, they fall off. For me, I'll never forget the first time seeing Freeway in The Source magazine.
I was like, "This dude lives right around the corner from me. He got a beard, he looks just like us."
I still remember seeing Beanie Sigel riding through the hood in a Bentley when I was a teenager. I was like, "What the f*ck?" He ain't selling drugs, he ain't playing basketball, he's just rapping. It became real to us.
It's just like a kid, for example, in Wisconsin. You might not think there's rap out there but when you see somebody from your streets and your hood doing it, it's a blessing. Also, it's a treat for me because I've always wanted respect from my peers.
Last year, I was able to tour and bringing Freeway and Beanie Sigel to my shows. I was orchestrating that. "Yo Freeway, I need you to come through" or "Hey Beans, I need you." Beans never charged me for a verse. He would literally pull out his hard drive and say to go ahead and go through it, all that sh*t was mine.
Say what you want about that n*gga, but Beans literally took that harddrive and stuck it into my laptop, running through records, smash records. He wanted to put Wayne and Scarface on those records and asked me if I wanted them.I was like, "H*ll yeah!" We ended up working together and doing a record. Me and Free are good friends, we've toured together and hung out together. We show each other love. He shows tough love. Me and him are from the same neighborhood, literally a block away.
Once he started doing music with me, we started making a lot of money together.
It's a beautiful thing, I've got to name Beanie Sigel and Freeway.
In 2007, Tone Trump teamed up with fellow Philadelphia-area rappers Jay Bezel and Hedonis da Amazon to produce an antiviolence single entitled "Every Day Is Crazy." One of Tone Trump's songs was chosen for the soundtrack for Close to Death, a documentary on urban gun violence by Philadelphia-based producers, getting him on the radar of a few major record labels. He also owns his own record label, Top Notch Entertainment. He was also signed to G-Unit Philly and also a member of The G-Unit Philly Group (with Mike Knox, Ive Vegas, Cotic) from 2009 he left the label due to a feud with co member Mike Knox . In January 2010, Tone Trump made a collaboration with Black Wall Street's artist Nu Jerzey Devil called "What It Look Like." He recently signed a deal with Young Jeezy's CTE World label.
Check out Freeway & Beanie Sigel's music: